Who we are

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Dave Hampton, MDes Risk and Resilience 2016 candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Dave Hampton is a Master of Design studies candidate in the Risk and Resilience concentration at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Prior to beginning the Mdes program, Dave established re:ground llc, a consultancy providing expertise for the integration of natural systems and built environments to clients in international development, urban, and post-disaster contexts.

A practicing architect for 20 years, Dave’s experience includes living systems (green roofs, vertical gardens), energy-efficiency, and building deconstruction and resource conservation advocacy with Urban Habitat Chicago and the Delta Institute. From 2010-2013, he worked with Architecture for Humanity, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, UN-Habitat, and Internews to help manage the transition from emergency response to neighborhood redevelopment in Port-au-Prince. In 2014, he participated in Resilient Bridgeport with the WB unabridged w/ Yale ARCADIS Rebuild by Design team led by Waggonner & Ball Architects of New Orleans. In 2015, he contributed to the Harvard GSD student team’s finalist-winning entry for the Boston Living with Water competition.

Dave is also a certified Passive House ™ consultant, a contributing author at UrbDeZine, and creator of messysystems.com.

His research interests are risk transfer legacies and pathways to resilience through constructed/restored ecologies in post-colonial coastal contexts. Currently, he is investigating the impacts of technological and economic changes on the ecology of coastal development corridors in Cuba in the context of an evolving relationship with the United States.



Ali Karimi, MArch I 2016 candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Ali Karimi is a Bahraini Masters in Architecture student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His interests are in social housing, public space, and infrastructural re-imaginings of the Gulf. Prior to joining the GSD, Ali worked in Dubai with HOK, in Chile with Elemental, and attained regional experience in public and private projects through his time in Bahrain with Gulf House Engineering.

Ali completed his Bachelors of Science in Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology (2011) graduating with highest honors, with minors in Architectural History, History, and a certificate in Land Development.

During summer 2015, Ali conducted field research in Havana on social housing and how residents have modified their homes over time.




Anya Brickman Raredon, Principal, Affordable Housing Institute


Anya Brickman Raredon’s interest in how physical space reflects and informs social discourse has developed from her studies in urban planning, architecture, anthropology and dance. As Principal at the Affordable Housing Institute, Anya leads work in the formalization and redevelopment of informal settlements and post-disaster urban areas. Anya is currently directing projects in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and Sub-Saharan Africa; as well as investigating how the interconnection of physical, legal, financial, economic, and social systems in humanitarian settlements turn isolated tenants and shelters into permanent neighborhoods and instant cities.

Since January of 2010 she has worked on the development of community-based reconstruction and development strategies for Port au Prince, through partnerships with the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), Harvard Graduate School of Design and Oxfam America. Other projects of note in the Latin American and Caribbean region include; an action-research project on food supply chains & transportation planning in Cartagena, Colombia, research on informal settlements in Lima, Peru, and a proposal for culturally and environmentally appropriate low-income housing in western Honduras. Anya received a Masters in City Planning from MIT in 2011, and her thesis “Opportunity in Haiti: Women as Agents of Resilience” was published in the online Gender and Disaster Sourcebook. She received her B.A. from Yale in 2004 with Honors in Architecture, and has worked as a project manager for a sustainable architecture firm in Vermont, and a custom, high-end architectural fabrication firm in Western Massachusetts that is owned by her family.



Sandra Bonito, MArch I candidate at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Sandra Bonito is a Master of Architecture I candidate at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She was born and raised in Cuba and arrived in the US at the age of twenty.

Prior to joining the GSD, Sandra worked for Marvel Architects in New York City and Ram-Tech Construction in Miami, Florida. Her interests are in public space, New Urbanism, Latin American Architecture and Urban Planning.

Sandra completed an Associate in Arts in Architecture from Miami Dade College receiving the Best Architecture Student of the Year Award in 2009. She graduated with the Highest Honors with Distinction. Sandra completed a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture at Columbia University graduating Suma Cum Laude with Departmental Honors. During her undergraduate education, Sandra has examined, through both design and research, the built future of Havana and aims to continue exploring its horizons.

Sandra is a scholar of the Mas Family Scholarship, an initiative of the Jorge Mas Canosa Freedom Foundation, whose purpose is “to advance the education of talented young Cuban and Cuban American men and women” and promote the ideals of freedom and democracy.